A man has appeared in the Rotorua District Court charged with murdering his five-year-old son.
William Sio, 24, is accused of killing his son Ferro-James Sio.
The boy died in Rotorua Hospital three weeks ago.
The accused also faces a charge of ill treatment and neglect.
He will next appear in the High Court next month.
His partner, 28-year-old Liza Rawiri, is also charged with the ill treatment and neglect of the boy.